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Master of Tropical Landscape Architecture (MTLA)

The Master of Tropical Landscape Architecture program (MTLA) is a 2-year graduate program offered by the UP College of Architecture.

In the face of global integration and changes in the environment, technology, platforms and society and the rethinking of the role of the discipline in relation to other disciplines and environment and society, the program is envisioned to be the venue where industry practitioners, educators, and researchers are brought together to critically ask questions on sustainability and quality of life vis-à-vis the profession and study of Landscape Architecture.

A revitalized two-year program, that builds on the old MTLA program while bringing in the latest and emergent design concepts and approaches for outdoor environments in city and countryside settings.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

The MTLA Program is open to degree holders of Landscape Architecture or Landscape Studies. Applicants are encouraged to go on a full-time program. Applicant must satisfy the requirements set by the University for application and admission. Additional requirements may be prescribed by the UPCA.

General Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission into the UPCA IGP are the following:

  1. • high intellectual capacity;
  2. • language proficiency; and
  3. • submission/satisfaction of other program specific requirements.

Proof of English and/or Filipino proficiency shall be required of students whose native language is not English or Filipino, except those who graduated from institutions where the medium of instruction is English or Filipino. For English proficiency, a score of at least 500 in the paper-based, or at least 173 in the computer-based, or at least 61 in the internet-based (iBT) forms of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or at least a score of 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a certification from a duly authorized unit of the University shall be required.

Foreign student applicants shall conform to other requirements for study in the Philippines based on University rules.

College-level Requirements

Each applicant shall further submit the following college-level requirements:

  • • a duly accomplished application form;
  • • one original and one photocopy copy of the official transcript of records (for undergraduate and graduate degrees);
  • • certificate of General Weighted Average (GWA);
  • • photocopy of Degree Diploma/s or equivalent document as proof of completion of degree requirements;
  • • recommendations from two (2) former professors or experts in the field in which the student is applying for;
  • • four (4) 35 x 45 mm pictures;
  • • curriculum vitae;
  • • one original and one photocopy of  PSA/NSO birth certificate (and marriage certificate, if applicable);
  • • for a foreign student applicant, one certified true copy of the official passport with the certification undertaken by the applicant’s embassy;
  • • payment of PHP 1000.00 application fee for resident applicants or USD 25.00 for foreign non-resident applicants; and
  • • other special admission requirements that may be imposed by the University or the UPCA IGP.

University Admission Requirements

Once accepted into the program, the applicant shall further submit the following requirements for university-level admissions:

  1. • Certificate of Honorable Dismissal from the applicant’s latest previously-attended academic institution, if not a graduate from the University of the Philippines;
  2. • Duly accomplished Student Directory Form (with photo);
  3. • Duly accomplished Program of Study affixed with signature and published in non-editable format (pdf); and
  4. • Certificate of compliance with the Pre-enrollment Health Assessment (PEHA) from the UP Diliman Health Service, upon issuance of College Admission Slip (CAS).

    All authentication required of submitted documents will be done by the UP Diliman Office of the University Registrar (OUR).

Course Specific Requirements

The additional requirement for admission into the MTLA program are:

  • • a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture degree, a Graduate Diploma in Landscape Studies, or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution of higher learning; and
  • • a handwritten essay on two (2) research interests and their research plans (one page per research interest and research plan).

 Program of Study – Schematic Diagram

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